A Kentucky T-shirt company that refused to print shirts for a gay pride parade has been found guilty of discrimination in a ruling handed down by a county civil rights commission.
The ruling states that Hands on Originals, based in Lexington, Kentucky, discriminated against the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington when it refused to print the pro-gay shirts. Part of the recommended punishment for the company is reportedly mandated diversity training for employees.
Via theblaze.com, which has provided continuing coverage of the story, we learn that the group filed the complaint more than two years ago:
Company owner Blaine Adamson has since argued that Hands on Originals is a Christian business and that the views espoused by the T-shirt — which advertised a gay pride festival — violated his religious beliefs.
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a conservative legal firm, has defended Adamson and Hands on Originals throughout the legal process. According to the post on The Blaze, ADF’s senior counsel, Jim Campbell, indicates his client will very likely appeal the final ruling on grounds of the legitimate exercise of religious freedom.
“Blaine’s position is that he can’t print something if it conflicts with religious convictions,” Campbell said. “Over the two years leading up to this case, Hands on Originals had denied at least 13 orders all for the reason [that] they didn’t want to print and convey the message they were being asked to convey.”
You can see a brief ADF presentation on the controversy by clicking the video above.
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